Enstrom begins Royal Thai Army aircraft production

Enstrom begins Royal Thai Army aircraft production

22-Mar-2011 Source: Enstrom

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation would like to announce that the first three, of a contracted sixteen, 480B advanced turbine training helicopters for the Royal Thai Army have been completed at the Enstrom factory.  The aircraft have been equipped with a number of advanced features, including NVG compatible cockpits, Chelton EFIS systems, and dual Wulfsberg RT-5000 tactical radio systems.

“These represent some of the most advanced aircraft we have built to date,” commented Enstrom’s Director of Engineering, Bill Taylor.  “That we were able to get them engineered and into production so quickly is a testament to our team in Menominee, and our support from the FAA’s Chicago Aircraft Certification Office.  The Royal Thai Army is going to have some very capable helicopters.”

The 480B was selected in a competitive bidding process that included aircraft from 7 different major manufacturers.   Aircrew and maintenance personnel training is scheduled to begin in March, with aircraft deliveries following soon after

Enstrom is represented in Asia by Blake & DeJong Ltd., and in Thailand by M-Landarch Inc.  For more information on Blake & DeJong Ltd., please contact dblake@attglobal.net.  For more information on M-Landarch Inc, please visit www.m-landarch.com.

Founded in 1959, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation manufactures a complete line of helicopters. The three-seat, piston-powered F28F and 280FX are popular training, sport, and light commercial aircraft. The larger turbine-powered 480B is available as a three-place advanced trainer and patrol aircraft, or as a three to five place executive transport. For law enforcement applications Enstrom produces a specialized variant of the 480B, known as the Guardian, and the F28F, called the Sentinel. Enstrom can be found on the Internet at www.enstromhelicopter.com.

[Enstrom apologized for the delay in sending this press release to HeliHub.com]

HeliHub.com editor note:-  The  photo shows the first three aircraft as

  • Serial 5136, test flying as N9575
  • Serial 5137, test flying as N9609
  • Serial 5138, test flying as N4924

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